It’s not the one you’re hearing about. All the media attention is on the notion that Russians “hacked the election” or something. Or they’re telling us again that there’s “no evidence” Trump Tower was wiretapped, even though the investigation isn’t over yet and we can’t possibly know that.
But here’s what we do know: Someone committed a felony by releasing the names of Trump campaign associates whose phone conversations were caught in surveillance. Congressman Trey Gowdy covered it on Monday during the James Comey testimony. Congressman Devin Nunes gave more detail later in the week.
Now, let’s move on to the implications of the Republicans not being able to get the AHCA passed in the House, which the Democrats are celebrating. They are celebrating lies that helped them pass the UCA, and the outright lies used to discourage passage of the AHCA.
Failure to pass the AHCA means all the people whose health insurance deductibles and premiums have skyrocketed will see their rates continue to go up. It means all the thousands of counties that have only one insurer vying for business in their county will not get any more - assuming the ones they have now stay. It means that there will be no new health care exchanges opening up to give people false hope of being able to find affordable health insurance.
President Trump was gracious to not point blame for the Republican failure to pass the American Health Care Act in the House today. He was also gracious in not throwing Speaker Ryan and other individuals under the bus for the failure of the Republicans to pass the AHCA.
President Trump and Speaker Ryan were gracious in pulling the proposed bill, so as not to expose who would have voted against it. Fine!
That loaf of bread you prefer is not the only brand on the shelf at the grocery store. Most are good quality products with similar pricing. But if one brand tries to raise its price much more than the others without a noticeable increase in quality, that brand would lose some of its sales volume.
It’s called competition.
When Henry Ford first made the T-Model car, you could get it in black, black or black. As soon as a new car competitor introduced cars and you could choose a different color other than black, Ford started making cars in multiple colors. Now look at the colors, the styles, the sizes and the many other variations in car choices we have today.
In my commentary this past Sunday, I broadly explained why there is no before the Unaffordable Care Act to go back to. Maybe it was too broad, because some Senators and House Republicans are still saying the American Health Care Act does not go far enough on delivering what was promised to the American people.
Republicans promised to repeal the UCA, but they did not say how. The House Republicans came up with a three-phase approach to get as much of the UCA repealed as possible, as fast as they can, while avoiding legislative procedural delays.
This will probably be one of the most not-read commentaries on this site, because it is not politically sexy or provocative. It’s just a reminder of how our political process works, but too many people seem to go brain dead when patience is required, or get emotionally stressed over the small stuff.
We have three co-equal branches of government, the Executive (headed by the president), the Legislative consisting of the House and the Senate, and the Judicial. It’s called a system of checks and balances even if we do not always agree with their actions or decisions.
As Republicans in Congress continue to craft a legislative solution to the disastrous Unaffordable Care Act, the Democrats continue to mislead its defenders with more and more dishonest and deceptive rhetoric. The latest installment comes from Senator Cory Booker (D-New Jersey), and is deserving of a complete deception diagnosis.
By the way, Booker is considered by Democrats to be a future Democrat presidential candidate, and he won the un-coveted “Liberal Lunacy of the Week” last week on the Herman Cain Radio Show with the following litany of false statements:
I understand the question, and it’s mostly conservatives who ask it: Why do we have to replace the Unaffordable Care Act at all? We can’t we just repeal it and be done? After all, if the UCA represented a big-government takeover of health care (which it did), why would we want to replace it with another one?
Just repeal. Forget about replacing it. That’s the argument.
Philosophically, it’s a very appealing argument. But there are two gigantic problems with it. The first is that big government’s intrusion into health care didn’t start with the UCA. It started decades earlier.
I’ve seen better rollouts than the one House Republicans gave us last week on the bill to replace ObamaCare. It pleased almost no one, and left a lot of people totally confused about the process that has to happen over the course of the coming months.
One thing Republicans have to remember is that the media will not help them by explaining to the public what they’re doing. If they leave out a detail, the media will not fill it in for them. Quite the contrary, the media will be only too happy to present the public with an incomplete, confusing, misleading picture of what the Republicans are doing and let them twist in the wind dealing with the consequences.
There are some other propaganda narratives that haven’t totally stuck yet with the majority of the public, so pointing out some of them might help save some of the savable.
Let’s start with this “Russian connection” thing. It is the Democrats’ and liberals’ most concerted effort to date to embarrass President Trump, and to force Attorney General Jeff Sessions to resign. The liberals are looking for a victory, and they are depending on the stupidity and gullibility of the American people to help them get that unwarranted resignation.
I understand that the Democrats are the opposition party. I think President Trump’s agenda for the nation is excellent, and supporting it is the right thing to do. But I know they are liberals and they have different ideas. Often they are going to disagree just because they think differently. That’s the nature of opposition parties.
But it’s also the nature of opposition parties that you listen, that you find common ground where it’s possible, and you work together when you can. We disagree on a lot, but surely we agree on some things. There is such a thing as bipartisan action, and it takes place when parties can find common ground.
In the last eight years, the liberal media’s call for more gun control has backfired. Even as the media have echoed the narrative of the Democrats following every violent incident involving a firearm, the American people have rejected their propaganda.
Purchasing a gun requires a background check through an FBI database, so that measure is an indication of the trend for buying guns. Here’s what it tells us: In 2009, the first year of the 44th president, there were just over 14 million background checks run through the FBI system. At the end of 2016, the last year of the 44th president, background checks were over 27 million.
How exactly do media “fact checkers” confirm that a statement made by the president is factually accurate, then turn around and label it “mostly false”? I’ll tell you how. Because media “fact checkers” are not really fact checkers. They’re opinion writers hiding behind a label that makes them sound unbiased. And what they actually do is not check the accuracy of facts, but opine about what the facts supposedly mean. That’s a perfectly legitimate thing to do if you’re going to label yourself as an opinion writer.
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